Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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23-Dec-2019 00:09:30
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The UN remains deeply concerned for the safety and protection of over three million civilians in Idleb. Over half of the people have been internally displaced, following ongoing reports of airstrikes in the area.

Today, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, condemned the attacks against the premises of three international humanitarian organizations in Al Dhale’e that took place over the weekend. The attacks wounded one person and damaged property.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs today said that in the first 10 months of the year, over 400,000 people have fled their homes due to conflict while nearly 300,000 people were impacted by natural disasters resulting in at least 149 killed; and over 39,000 houses destroyed or damaged.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that Kenya, Mozambique and Niger have curbed polio outbreaks that erupted in different episodes over the last 24 months, allowing them to regain their polio-free status.

In response to a question in relation to the situation in Western Sahara, the Spokesman said that the 15th Frente POLISARIO Congress has been underway in Tifariti, in Western Sahara, since 19 December.

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